Times gone by


Ryde on the Isle of Wight is a town that has nearly stood still. Every time I go there, I feel as if I have stepped back in to another era where a younger Nick would have been building sand castles, looking forward to a stick of rock, swimming in the sea no matter the temperature. 

Halcyon days. 

This window display pre-dates me but tells a story that would perhaps bring back memories for my parents generation. It would have been them building the sand castles at that point in our history. 

It is a shrine to a man who once sold postcards here, the famous “saucy” cards that made Donald McGill famous. Nowadays you can buy them as souvenirs for innuendo is harmless in our generation. 

However at the time they became illegal and such things would have been confiscated by the local constabulary! 

This shop window has been setup. It wasn’t left like that from 1953 but a good 31 years later as a memorial to the man who once lived and worked there, all of those years ago. 

Still that is now almost half a century ago in itself.